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The True Meaning of Crumbfest

by David Weale Author · Antonia Francis Narrator


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David Weale's Christmas classic charmingly rendered by a five year old narrator.

Eckhart, the hero of our story, is a tiny young mouse. He and his family have just moved inside for the winter. It's dark and cold in the walls of their farmhouse. But all of a sudden every year in late December their tummies are filled by a mysterious abundance of delicious crumbs. The mice celebrate with feasting and call it Crumbfest. No one knows why it happens until Eckhart solves the mystery.

In 2001 a five year old Antonia Francis performed Crumbfest for her Mom's community radio show. The irrepressible energy and charm of Antonia's narration made it a perennial favourite. This is the original radio broadcast, recording flaws and all. The roughness of the recording sets off brilliantly the perfection of Antonia's performance. Here is The True Meaning of Crumbfest, told as only a five year old Antonia Francis could tell it. An underground classic.

Winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature, 1999

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Rattling Books
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United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand


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David Weale (Author)

Dr. David Weale is a professor of Canadian and Prince Edward Island history at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has written six books, A Stream Out of Lebanon (Institute of Island Studies, 1988), Them Times (Institute of Island Studies, ...

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